[this announcement is available online at https://s.apache.org/21stAnniversary ]

World’s largest Open Source foundation advances community-led innovation "The 
Apache Way"

Wakefield, MA —26 March 2020— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the 
all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source 
projects and initiatives, announced today its 21st Anniversary.

Advancing its mission of providing software for the public good, the ASF's 
all-volunteer community grew from 21 original Members overseeing the 
development of the Apache HTTP Server to 765 individual Members, 206 Apache 
Project Management Committees, and 7,600+ Committers shepherding 300 projects 
and 200M+ lines of Apache code valued at more than $20B.

Apache’s breakthrough technology touches every aspect of modern computing, 
powering most of the Internet, managing exabytes of data, executing teraflops 
of operations, and storing trillions of objects in virtually every industry. 
Apache projects are all freely-available, at 100% no cost, and with no 
licensing fees.

“Over the past two decades, The Apache Software Foundation has served as a 
trusted home for vendor-neutral, community-led collaboration,“ said David 
Nalley, Executive Vice President at The Apache Software Foundation. “Today, the 
ASF is a vanguard for Open Source, fostering project communities large and 
small, with a portfolio of best-in-class innovations upon which the world 
continues to rely.“

The Apache Way
As a community-led organization, the ASF is strictly vendor-neutral. Its 
independence ensures that no organization, including ASF Sponsors and those who 
employ contributors to Apache projects, is able to control a project’s 
direction or has special privileges of any kind.

The ASF’s community-focused development process known as "The Apache Way" 
guides existing projects and their communities, and continues to inspire a new 
generation of innovations from around the world. The Apache Way edict involves:

 - Earned Authority: all individuals are given the opportunity to participate 
based on publicly earned merit, i.e., what they contribute to the community.

 - Community of Peers: individuals participate at the ASF, with merit gained by 
the individual everlasting and free from association of employment status or 

 - Open Communications: all communications related to code and decision-making 
are publicly accessible to ensure asynchronous collaboration within the ASF’s 
globally-distributed communities.

 - Consensus Decision Making: Apache Projects are overseen by a self-selected 
team of active volunteers who are contributing to their respective projects.

 - Responsible Oversight: The ASF governance model is based on trust and 
delegated oversight. 

The Apache Way has been a forerunner in collaborative computing, and has 
directly influenced the InnerSource methodology of applying Open Source and 
open development principles to an organization. The Apache Way has been adopted 
by countless organizations, including Capital One, Comcast, Ericsson, HP, IBM, 
Google, Microsoft, PayPal, SAP, T-Mobile, and many others.

The ASF’s focus on community is so integral to the Apache ethos that the maxim, 
"Community Over Code" is an unwavering tenet. Vibrant, diverse communities keep 
code alive, however, code, no matter how well written, cannot thrive without a 
community behind it. Members of the Apache community share their thoughts on 
“Why Apache” in the teaser for “Trillions and Trillions Served”, the upcoming 
documentary on the ASF https://s.apache.org/Trillions-teaser 

Powerhouse Projects
Dozens of enterprise-grade Apache projects have defined industries and serve as 
the backbone for some of the most visible and widely used applications in 
Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, Big Data, Build Management, Cloud 
Computing, Content Management, DevOps, IoT and Edge Computing, Mobile, Servers, 
and Web Frameworks, among many other categories.

No other software foundation serves the industry with such a wide range of 
projects. Examples of the breadth of applications that are "Powered by Apache" 

 - China’s second largest courier, SF Express, uses Apache SkyWalking to ship 
critical COVID-19 coronavirus supplies worldwide;

 - Apache Guacamole’s clientless remote desktop gateway is helping thousands of 
individuals, businesses, and universities worldwide safely work from home 
without needing to be tied to a specific device, VPN, or client;

 - Alibaba uses Apache Flink to process more than 2.5 billion records per 
second for its merchandise dashboard and real-time customer recommendations;

 - the European Space Agency’s Jupiter spacecraft mission control is powered by 
Apache Karaf, Apache Maven, and Apache Groovy;

 - British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)’s application Gaffer 
stores and manages petabytes of data using Apache Accumulo, Apache HBase, and 
Apache Parquet;

 - Netflix uses Apache Druid to manage its 1.5 trillion-row data warehouse to 
manage what users see when tapping the Netflix icon or logging in from a 
browser across platforms;

 - Uber's 100-petabyte data lake is powered in near real-time using Apache Hudi 
(incubating), supporting everything from warehousing to advanced machine 

 - Boston Children's Hospital uses Apache cTAKES to link phenotypic and genomic 
data in electronic health records for the Precision Link Biobank for Health 

 - Amazon, DataStax, IBM, Microsoft, Neo4j, NBC Universal and many others use 
Apache Tinkerpop in their graph databases and to write complicated traversals; 

 - the Global Biodiversity Information Facility uses Apache Beam, Hadoop, 
HBase, Lucene, Spark, and others to integrate biodiversity data from nearly 
1,600 institutions and more than a million species and nearly 1.4 billion 
location records freely available for research;

 - the European Commission developed its new API Gateway infrastructure using 
Apache Camel;

 - China Telecom Bestpay uses Apache ShardingSphere (incubating) to scale 10 
billion datasets for mobile payments distributed across more than 30 

 - Apple’s Siri uses Apache HBase to complete full ring replication around the 
world in 10 seconds;

 - the US Navy uses Apache Rya to power smart drones, autonomous small robot 
swarms, manned-unmanned team advanced tactical communications, and more; and

 - hundreds of millions of Websites worldwide are powered by the Apache HTTP 

Additional Milestones
In addition to the ASF’s 21st Anniversary, the greater Apache community are 
celebrating milestone anniversaries of the following projects:

25 Years - Apache HTTP Server
20 Years - Apache mod_perl, Tcl, APR/Portable Runtime, Subversion
18 Years - Apache DB, Incubator, Ant
17 Years - Apache Cocoon, James, Web Services, Maven, Logging Services
16 Years - Apache Gump, Portals, Struts, Geronimo, SpamAssassin, Xalan, XML 
15 Years - Apache Lucene, Directory, MyFaces, Xerces, Tomcat

The chronology of all Apache projects can be found at 

The Apache Incubator is home to 45 projects undergoing development, spanning 
AI, Big Data, blockchain, Cloud computing, cryptography, deep learning, 
hardware, IoT, machine learning, microservices, mobile, operating systems, 
testing, visualization, and many other categories. The complete list of 
projects in the Incubator is available at http://incubator.apache.org/  

Support Apache 
The ASF advances the future of open development by providing Apache projects 
and their communities bandwidth, connectivity, servers, hardware, development 
environments, legal counsel, accounting services, trademark protection, 
marketing and publicity, educational events, and related administrative support.

As a United States private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, 
the ASF is sustained through tax-deductible corporate and individual 
contributions that offset day-to-day operating expenses. To support Apache, 
visit http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is the world’s 
largest Open Source foundation, stewarding 200M+ lines of code and providing 
more than $20B+ worth of software to the public at 100% no cost. The ASF’s 
all-volunteer community grew from 21 original founders overseeing the Apache 
HTTP Server to 765 individual Members and 206 Project Management Committees who 
successfully lead 350+ Apache projects and initiatives in collaboration with 
7,600 Committers through the ASF’s meritocratic process known as "The Apache 
Way". Apache software is integral to nearly every end user computing device, 
from laptops to tablets to mobile devices across enterprises and 
mission-critical applications. Apache projects power most of the Internet, 
manage exabytes of data, execute teraflops of operations, and store billions of 
objects in virtually every industry. The commercially-friendly and permissive 
Apache License v2 is an Open Source industry standard, helping launch billion 
dollar corporations and benefiting countless users worldwide. The ASF is a US 
501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization funded by individual donations 
and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Amazon Web 
Services, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, 
CarGurus, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Huawei, IBM, 
Indeed, Inspur, Leaseweb, Microsoft, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Private Internet 
Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, Union Investment, Verizon Media, and Workday. 
For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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